Training for Professionals

Families Outside CPD Accredited Training Modules

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Families Outside’s Training is aimed at all professionals whose role means they come into contact with families, and who feel that they would benefit from being able to better support families who are affected by imprisonment.

It is recognised that families can play an important role in supporting the person in prison and preventing reoffending, but they have their own needs too and are deserving of support in their own right.

Our training modules are designed to provide an understanding of the impact on children and families when a family member is sent to prison. The modules also look at what support families might need at different stages of the criminal justice process – whether someone’s relative has just been arrested, is serving a prison sentence or is due for release.

Woman sat at computer. The modules also aim to develop the knowledge and skills of participants and encourage them to consider their own current practice and how this could be further improved to support children and families affected by imprisonment using their service, or who are in contact with their organisation.

The training modules aim to incorporate a mix of learning styles, and offer opportunities to interact with other participants from different professional backgrounds and sectors.

The Families Outside: Families Affected by Imprisonment training is designed to raise awareness of the impact imprisonment has on families, improve practice and develop the knowledge and skills of participants required when supporting families affected by imprisonment. Attendance at this training will count towards continuous professional development.

The training consists of three modules:

Module 1 – Understanding the issues for families affected by imprisonment
  • Learn about the wide ranging issues that can affect families with a family member in prison
  • Hear examples of how a family might be affected at each stage of the criminal justice process
  • Learn how to apply this knowledge when supporting families affected by imprisonment
Module 2 – Supporting children and young people who have a family member in prison
  • Understand the varying needs of children and young people with a family member in prison
  • Identify policies to support and protect children who are affected by imprisonment
  • Apply this knowledge when supporting children and young people who are affected by imprisonment or know how to seek appropriate support
Module 3 – Prison and prison visiting
  • Understand the functions and key elements of the Scottish prison estate
  • Recognise the importance of maintaining family contact
  • Identify support available for families within a prison environment

Attendance at our modules will aim to achieve the following learning outcomes:Woman holiday notepad and pencil, standing outside a prison building.

  • Understand the impact imprisonment has on the whole family in order to reduce stigma and social isolation
  • Improve the overall experience for families, including children and young people, navigating through the criminal justice process from arrest to release

You can choose to attend 1, 2 or all 3 modules. Each module is priced at £55 per person, per module.

We deliver training both online via Microsoft Teams and face to face in community settings.

We can also offer bespoke training to your organisation. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to discuss this further at 

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Training Testimonials…

The training was one of the best training courses I have done, interactive while equally informative. Both trainers were knowledgeable and any questions asked were answered or found out the answer to and told.
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Family Wellbeing Worker
It was really interesting hearing from other participants who had different experiences and skill-sets from me. I really got a lot to go away and think about from the session.
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Deputy Head Teacher
I have worked in a prison since 2017 & never knew there was so much work going on with families and supports.
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Homeless Prevention Officer
I found the session very useful - opportunities to talk to people in other supporting roles but also to develop an awareness of the resources that can be use to support children and families.
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Head Teacher
I loved the activities with the break out rooms and the presentation was excellent, I was extremely happy to see diverse representation in the figures used, it means a lot.
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Both trainers were excellent and knowledgeable. Both trainers were approachable and no question felt silly.
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Family Wellbeing Worker
Thanks very much. Excellent training. Well worth having. Trainers are very knowledgable about the subject.
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Council Housing Service Worker
Delivery was excellent & trainers were extremely knowledgeable.
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This is the best training I have attended for a very long time. Apart from being very well organised the content was really thought provoking provoking I've left with so much to consider for our organisation.
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Family Support Worker

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